Arsenal CEO responds to question over contract renewals of key duo at AGM

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Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis has insisted that the club will do their best to agree new deals with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

Both players have established themselves as instrumental parts of Arsenal’s success since arriving at the club, but they are both only under contract until 2018.

It has been widely reported on several occasions that talks had begun between the club and their respective representatives, as noted by The Mirror, but as of yet no official confirmation from the Gunners has arrived regarding a contract extension for either player.

Nevertheless, Gazidis addressed the situation when asked about it at the club’s Annual General Meeting on Monday, and although he didn’t go into detail, he painted a positive picture in that he suggested the club will do their utmost to ensure the star pair remain for many more years.

“We have a good track record in recent seasons of retaining our key players, developing young players and attracting new players,” he said at the AGM, as reported by The Mirror.

“I can’t get into a discussion on individual players but can assure you we will apply the same focus, rigour and diligence to members of our current squad and I think you can see the direction of travel.”

With his side sitting joint top of the Premier League table and going well in Europe, there are plenty of reasons for Arsene Wenger to be optimistic about the year ahead.

However, the level of success that the Gunners enjoy could potentially have a massive impact on the future of their key individuals, as a disappointing campaign without major silverware could cause issues that Gazidis and Co. aren’t able to overcome.

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